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Old Apr 17, 2017, 10:33 AM   #2751
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Who is Ernst?
Brady Ernst, just decommitted from Xavier:

http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/brady-ernst

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Old Apr 17, 2017, 10:33 AM   #2752
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Who is Ernst?

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/spor...ter/100333948/
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 10:46 AM   #2753
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Derek Piper‏ @DPiperScout 1m1 minute ago

#Illini hosting 2017 forward Francesco Badocchi (@frankiejones23) for a visit today - per a source.

http://www.scout.com/college/illinoi...cesco-badocchi
Yes Please. Yes Please.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 10:47 AM   #2754
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Derek Piper‏ @DPiperScout 1m1 minute ago

#Illini hosting 2017 forward Francesco Badocchi (@frankiejones23) for a visit today - per a source.

http://www.scout.com/college/illinoi...cesco-badocchi
Tell me he doesn't resemble and play like Brian Randle.... (from the limited videos I have seen)
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 10:48 AM   #2755
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Maybe McIntosh from Illinois state? 6-7 235 lb MVC Small Forward 2nd teamer. Strong, athletic, quick all around player. Well rounded offensively as a shooter/slasher, rebounder, and passer. Probably a lot like kipper. He could pull in some PF minutes and would be great posting up a 3rd guard or play at the top of the key in BUs spread offense. He's kind of a tweener and similar to DJW and Kipper but more experienced. I'd take him in a heartbeat.


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Some ISU guys told me he is already going to Mizzou. Don't know if that's official or what though.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:00 AM   #2756
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The staff's silence is contributing to some of the angst on this board (and others), but that's probably a good thing as well.
Oh, absolutely. I'm even catching myself wondering if this is a top-down idea from Whitman, who clearly operates with a great deal of secrecy, decisiveness, and competence. I would be able to live with that, even if it makes the off-season recruiting thread a little more sleepy.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:04 AM   #2757
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Okon Scout News‏ @okonscoutnews 2h1 hour ago
Ayo Dosunmu (@AyoDos_11) is receiving interest from Sec Power Kentucky.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:05 AM   #2758
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Okon Scout News‏ @okonscoutnews 2h1 hour ago
Ayo Dosunmu (@AyoDos_11) is receiving interest from Sec Power Kentucky.
We knew that would happen. Hopefully the connections we have with him help us out. He is priority #1 once Mark Smith decides.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:07 AM   #2759
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I'm glad the staff is using an official visit because the way his recruitment is going doesn't hint toward a drawn out process where he'd make it back to campus.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:12 AM   #2760
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:13 AM   #2761
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Badocchi excites me far more than Pickett did simply because of his athleticism. Our teams for the last decade have been desperately missing elite athleticism. You can teach skill and development, you can't teach athleticism. I would think that Badocchi would be a much better fit in Underwood's system than Virginia's
Absolutely.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:23 AM   #2762
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Derek Piper‏ @DPiperScout 1m1 minute ago

#Illini hosting 2017 forward Francesco Badocchi (@frankiejones23) for a visit today - per a source.

http://www.scout.com/college/illinoi...cesco-badocchi
Why no rankings or more interest on this kid? Is he limited offensively besides athleticism? Whats the weaknesses here, has to be something we are missing. Love the athleticism though, attacks hard. Would be a good fit for Underwood.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:24 AM   #2763
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Ernst & Angst. A couple vowels shy of standing a chance on Wheel of Fortune.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:30 AM   #2764
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Decent article on Mark Smith. The article mentions Smith might take an unofficial to Illinois.

http://www.kentucky.com/sports/colle...145022884.html
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:31 AM   #2765
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Ernst & Angst. A couple vowels shy of standing a chance on Wheel of Fortune.
Competing law firm of Dewey, Cheatam and Howe??
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:31 AM   #2766
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Badocchi excites me far more than Pickett did simply because of his athleticism. Our teams for the last decade have been desperately missing elite athleticism. You can teach skill and development, you can't teach athleticism. I would think that Badocchi would be a much better fit in Underwood's system than Virginia's
I agree with the athleticism part. It does seem like we've been the less athletic team on the court in most of our Big Ten games the last few years.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:33 AM   #2767
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Why no rankings or more interest on this kid? Is he limited offensively besides athleticism? Whats the weaknesses here, has to be something we are missing. Love the athleticism though, attacks hard. Would be a good fit for Underwood.
He is a transfer student from Italy and only arrived in the US his Junior year. Very well known in Italy.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:37 AM   #2768
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He is a transfer student from Italy and only arrived in the US his Junior year. Very well known in Italy.
He also injured his knee during his junior year here, kept playing on it but then played little, if at all, on AAU last summer to recuperate.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:38 AM   #2769
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Why no rankings or more interest on this kid? Is he limited offensively besides athleticism? Whats the weaknesses here, has to be something we are missing. Love the athleticism though, attacks hard. Would be a good fit for Underwood.
I really like his tenacity, but at his height he may need to seriously develop the rest of his skillset: ball handling, shooting, passing, one-on-one, perimeter skills, etc. It seems that his entire tape is a lot of inside dunks.

Hard to evaluate him based on just tape highlights but I do like his tenacity, athleticism, aggressiveness, defense, and overall effort that he seems to exhibit.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:39 AM   #2770
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I wonder if there are more native Italian students on the Illinois campus than Virginia's campus?
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:43 AM   #2771
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'Zo is still on our scholarship chart and I still have hope for next year or the year after. These are highlights of the night he scored 43 and had 11 rbs 6 assists and 5 steals in the regional final against Bloom last month.
http://www.suntimeshighschoolsports....cks-off-bloom/


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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:45 AM   #2772
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Hardy may still be in the mix unless he's headed to Arkansas.
Hardy is by far the player I hope we sign the least. There's a reason Mich and Mich St did not offer.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:45 AM   #2773
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Decent article on Mark Smith. The article mentions Smith might take an unofficial to Illinois.

http://www.kentucky.com/sports/colle...145022884.html


Love to see that he prefers to play pg and that is how BU sees him versus MSU and Kentucky pitching him as a combo guard
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:47 AM   #2774
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Some ISU guys told me he is already going to Mizzou. Don't know if that's official or what though.

So is Mizzou going to have 20 guys on their roster next year. It sounds like they everyone is going there next year.
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Old Apr 17, 2017, 11:48 AM   #2775
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'Zo is still on our scholarship chart and I still have hope for next year or the year after. These are highlights of the night he scored 43 and had 11 rbs 6 assists and 5 steals in the regional final against Bloom last month.
http://www.suntimeshighschoolsports....cks-off-bloom/

Have you heard anything specific on him Mike? The lack of news has me assuming he's headed to prep school or juco.

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